3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mechanic \Me*chan"ic\, noun [F. m['e]canique mechanics. See {Mechanic}, adjective]

1. The art of the application of the laws of motion or force to construction. [Obs.]

2. A mechanician; an artisan; an artificer; one who practices any mechanic art; one skilled or employed in shaping and uniting materials, as wood, metal, etc., into any kind of structure, machine, or other object, requiring the use of tools, or instruments. Also, a technician who maintains or repairs machinery; as, an auto mechanic. [1913 Webster +PJC]

An art quite lost with our mechanics. --Sir T. Browne.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mechanic \Me*chan"ic\ (m[-e]*k[a^]n"[i^]k), adjective [F. m['e]canique, L. mechanicus, Gr. mhchaniko's, fr. mhchanh' a machine. See {Machine}.]

1. Having to do with the application of the laws of motion in the art of constructing or making things; of or pertaining to mechanics; mechanical; as, the mechanic arts. "These mechanic philosophers." --Ray.

Mechanic slaves, With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers. --Shak.

2. Of or pertaining to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar.

To make a god, a hero, or a king Descend to a mechanic dialect. --Roscommon.

Sometimes he ply'd the strong, mechanic tool. --Thomson.

3. Base. [Obs.] --Whitlock.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: resembling the action of a machine; "from blank to blank a threadless way I pushed mechanic feet"- Emily Dickenson


1: a craftsman skilled in operating machine tools [syn: {machinist}, {mechanic}, {shop mechanic}]

2: someone whose occupation is repairing and maintaining automobiles [syn: {automobile mechanic}, {auto-mechanic}, {car-mechanic}, {mechanic}, {grease monkey}]

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